The big issue that I have with how the German government does COVID politics is that they can’t seem to handle the trolley problem.

The default choice appears to be inaction. A decision to act is made only when there is (seemingly) irrefutable scientific consensus that it causes no harm. That is arguably the correct approach for a doctor to take on a patient who cannot make an informed decision for themselves. But a pandemic is more akin to war than to a doctor’s visit. There will be casualties, some of which innocent bystanders—the only question is how many. In that kind of situation, inaction is not the safe choice. There is no safe choice.